Cohen Forman Barone Client Acquitted Of Murdering Rival After Claiming Self Defense

Cohen Forman Barone Client Acquitted Of Murdering Rival After Claiming Self Defense

New York Daily News writes:
An admitted crack dealer was acquitted Thursday of fatally shooting a rival at a housing development near Police Headquarters.Pierre Hecker, 34, cheered with his family and grabbed some pictures with jurors as he left Manhattan Supreme Court a free man after a jury cleared him of murder in a three-week trial. “I felt like my life was in danger and I did what I had to do to defend my life at that time,” said Hecker. Two women who had served on his jury stopped to chat with him outside the courthouse. They also posed for a photograph as his family celebrated.

Hecker, an ex-con who has served significant prison time, said he’s on the road to a crime-free life after his courtroom victory.
He had been facing the possibility of life behind bars and will pursue a legitimate life doing a job he had done in the past. “I’m going back to school to become a barber, a licensed barber,” Hecker said. “That’s the new career move — I can’t go to jail for that.” Hecker, who was shot in the rear-end, said he “had no choice” in the Sept. 1, 2010, scuffle that resulted in the death of Anthony Evans.

Hecker was on the lam for more than a year after the shooting and was finally collared in January 2012. He has been held at Rikers Island since. “Overall, I’m remorseful that somebody was ultimately dead. You can’t bring him back and I’m sorry for that,” Hecker said. Prosecutors argued Hecker shot and killed Evans, 28, in cold blood — and that no threat to Hecker existed.
But the acquitted man’s lawyer, David Cohen, said the forensic evidence, including video surveillance from the area, showed Hecker running from the scene as gunshots were fired at him. “We’re very thankful that the jury listened to Mr. Hecker and that they were able to follow the law,” Cohen said after the verdict. “It was a long battle against a very tough prosecutor. We’re grateful for the jury system, for their attention and for the appropriate result,” the lawyer said.

Deliberations in the case began Wednesday and ended with Thursday’s not guilty verdict. Hecker reportedly gave cops a fake name when he was asked for identification as a passenger in a Bronx traffic stop during the time he was trying to avoid arrest. His fingerprints gave away his true identity and he was charged in the slaying. Hecker told jurors he’d shot at Evans with a weapon he had knocked away from the victim’s cousin during a physical encounter before the gunfire broke out. He scooped it up and while running away, he fired back, striking and killing Evans, Hecker told jurors, according to his attorney.

Source: nydailynews.com

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